It seems Kanye West may have gotten his way after all. It was widely said that the American hip hop recording artist had insisted Anna Wintour (the long-time editor-in-chief of American Vogue
) to consider his television personality-fiancée Kim Kardashian for the cover the magazine by February, in order to "present his lady love with the ultimate gift" for Saint Valentine's Day.
When the month of love's issue of the fashion bible was unveiled and there was no sign of the Keeping Up with the Kardashian's star, West reportedly confronted Wintour about her decision of featuring actress Lena Dunham on the cover of the February 2014 number instead of Kardashian, arguing that she is "just as talented as Lena, if not more so."
Two months later, the "world's most talked about couple" grace the cover of the magazine. Photographed by Annie Leibovitz, the April 2014 copy of Vogue US displays the thirty-three year-old mother-of-one donned in a white wedding gown by Lanvin, with her thirty-six year-old rapper-fiancé embracing her from behind as he sports a deep blue suit. "This is such a dream come true!!! Thank you @VogueMagazine for this cover! O M GGGGGG!!! I can't even…," tweeted Kardashian.
Did Wintour actually sell out? On the Editor's Letter for the publication's April issue, the sixty-four year-old frontwoman denied claims of being pressured by West into giving the controversial couple the front cover of the glossy, saying: "He did nothing of the sort. The gossip might make better reading, but the simple fact of the matter is that it isn’t true."
Whether we take her word for it or not, many celebrities and fashion readers have thus expressed their discontent through social media, regarding Wintour's questionable choice. Retweeted and favorited several thousand times, actress Sarah Michelle Gellar, who is best known for her lead role in Buffy the Vampire Slayer, declared: "Well......I guess I'm canceling my Vogue subscription. Who is with me???"
In addition, influential fashion blogger Bryanboy said: "Twenty four years of loyalty to American Vogue and then this," while Deadline Hollywood journalist Nikki Finke tweeted: "I'm loving the big backlash aimed at Anna Wintour for putting Kim Kardashian on Vogue cover. Issue should come with barf bag," to mention a few of the countless tweets that voice their disgust with the magazine's latest number.
Moreover, a source told E! Online that curvaceous twenty-one year-old American model Kate Upton
was originally selected to front the April 2014 cover of the publication, before being swapped for Kim Kardashian and Kanye West, who mass media have nicknamed Kimye. However, these claims were later denied by communications director of Vogue, Hildy Kuryk.